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ridgway overview

The Uncompahgre River in Ridgway starts out with a bang as you hit the punchy play holes In the Ridgway whitewater park before continuing downstream through mild rapids and into the expanse of Ridgway Reservoir.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Ridgway section – Uncompahgre River:

Trip Name: Short n’ Sweet 2 hr. Trip
Sections Included: Ridgway to Reservoir
Outfitter: RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service
Learn More: ~ 888.626.4460

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Uncompahgre River. Information regarding the Uncompahgre River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

ridgway sections

Uncompahgre River – Ridgway Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6975′ to 6892′
Average Gradient: 18.4′ per mile

Access to Access

Ridgway (Rollins Park) to Ridgway Reservoir: 4.5 miles
Total Mileage: 4.5 miles



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Uncompahgre River Self-Guided Boaters:

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre Field Office 2465 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401 970.240.5300 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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ALL rafting trips will begin on June 1st, 2020 for non-resident visitors to Chaffee County. Click here for more info.